Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum
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Reviews by logansboat15:
4.85/5 rDev +26.3%
A truly outstanding, kick-ass beer. A friend presented me with a growler of this powerful, tasty brew, knowing that I enjoy sampling American interpretaions of the Belgian art. In the growler Tripel Nova had an inviting, deep orange, semi cloudy hue. But in the glass it poured a deep yellow with a thick foamy head. Very little lacing. A nice fruity aroma dares you to drink, but looks and aroma are deceiving. The high alcohol notes are not as apparent as expected. The flavor is semi-sweet with a tart finish. Quite an elegant, very drinkable Abbey-style tripel. Silky mouthfeel. If you plan on having more than one glass, pace yourself. Better yet, call a taxi or get a designated driver to be on the safe side.
I look forward to visiting Madison's Ale Asylum in the next week or two.
05-08-2007 18:10:40 | More by logansboat15
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3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Slightly hazed yellow-orange gold with a thick and lasting white plop of cream. Strongly above average. While this isnt a Tripel Karmelit this is certainly no crap ass Golden Monkey. Oddly, cantaloupe is the primary flavor here. Im not used to it but it aint bad. Aroma is musk melon followed by honey dew followed by cantaloupe. Finish is spicy and strong. ABV is unapparent in the flavor but slightly noticeable in the feel. This is not as sweet as most American triples but this is not authentic. Still, it looks great, it smells uniquely of melons. I am quite pleased and will try a few more pints of this before expanding on this review. Oh, and like most of the Ale Asylum's first batch of beers, it has way too much banana in the nose and flavor.
05-21-2006 06:20:38 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a bright golden straw body with no head. Funky aromas of spicy yeast phenols. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tongue tingling high carbonation. Flavors are spicy, funky and yeasty with a sweet malt aftertaste. Very good drinkability.
03-28-2010 20:04:11 | More by blackearth
4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Smell: A spicy and fruity yeast driven aroma with good hints of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with upfront hints of clove, pepper, funk, and coriander. Fruit hints of banana, pear, apple, and white grape. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, mango, and apricot. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty solid aroma.
Taste: Like the smell, a fruity and spicy Belgian style taste with good notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of peppers, clove, coriander, and funk. Big mix of fruit esters with notes of banana, pear, white grape, and apple along with citrus notes of orange, lemon, apricot, and mango. Pale malt with bready notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet notes of candied sugar. A pretty good Tripel taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy and pretty sweet. Alcohol heat is tame.
Overall: A pretty good take on the Belgian Tripel style. On the sweeter side but not overly cloying.
08-03-2014 07:37:18 | More by MattyG85
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
It sits in the goblet a silty goldenrod as the white lace fades in no time, leaving it bald apart from a few nebulous swirls.
Overripe melon and apricot aroma, along with some tarter kiwi and elderberry notes. There's a yeast-rich breadiness that acts as a canvas, but this is primarily fruity. Allspice-like phenols and alcoholic heat come out more as it warms.
That same fruitiness is strewn out on the yeasty malt blanket into the mouth. It's a veritable sweet-sour punch made of Papaya, plantain, kiwi, berry, melon, lime sorbet, limestone, yeast cultures (or old socks) apple juice, clove, allspice, lemongrass hoppiness, and booze.
This is constructed more along the lines of a plodding, heavy syrup US version of a Tripel than the sparkling, more effervescent Belgian takes. This stops short of being cloying, and at least part of that is due to the drying rasp of alcohol at the swallow.
It's a bit taxing with its assertive flavor and notable strength. But all told, it's quite enjoyable in modest amounts.
11-10-2008 07:26:00 | More by cokes
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
Surprisingly on-tap at the Angelic here in Madison. Nice to see some Ale Asylum brew available downtown for those of us unable to make it out to the Airport with any ease.
Served in a 10 or 12 oz elongated pilsener/tulip hybrid glass, pours a light golden yellow, clouded with yeast and without much of a head, a few sparse white bubbles here and there. Nose is rough and rowdy, dominated by juicy bubblegum, banana smoothie and fruity yeast with a hint of that canteloupe/melon that DaPeculierDane mentioned. Taste is almost as unpolished, complex, and interesting as the nose, with notes of musty yeast, spicy coriander, sweet banana-melon, bubblegum and an overall floral bouquet. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is lively. I would imagine this in the 8-9% abv range as the effects could certainly be felt, even with the smaller portion size. By no means a textbook example of the style, this is a bold, flavorful, perhaps sacreligious American interpretation that doesn't always succeed, but avoids the sickly sweet and sticky mess than many stateside tripels become. A solid opener for Ale Asylum. Gotta love the expanding Madison beer scene.
edit: Finally made it to the pub, got the second pour off a new keg and the appearance is completely different. Cloudy yeast makes me think I'm drinking an orange banana smoothie. Still as tasty as the former pour, but that extra yeast mellows it out a bit. A fun, American tripel that I can respect.
06-07-2006 21:28:05 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.3/5 rDev +12%
Delivered to the bar with a short lid of bright white foam atop a hazy golden body, the head almost immediately dissipated, parting like curtains before a theatrical play. Not much more than a few tiny spots of lace were left behind.
The nose offered an unusual display of fruit that I took as over-ripe apple, under-ripe blackberry, apricot, melon, and some other tropical fruit character that was clearly due at least in part to the noticeable alcohol.
In the mouth it was not as crisp as expected, but the alcohol clearly cut through whatever malt was there. I'd say "smooth", with the exception of the heat and spice.
The flavor didn't vary much from the aroma except that it was fuller and much more spicy and phenolic. The odd fruit combo was there, dancing the night away in three-quarter time, and if a bit unusual, it was still certainly very compelling! As a sipping beer, there's a lot of complexity to it... except for the fact that the alcohol will eventually take over the senses. It finished spicy and lingering with honey and heat.
Not for the faint of heart! If you're looking for a 'Wisconsin' winter warmer, this will work well to take the chill off the wind from the lakes. OR, it will certainly do its damnedest to get you all 'social-lubricated' up in warmer weather - just be careful with it!
12-25-2007 14:40:18 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +4.2%
stopped in to the ale asylum for the first time tonite on my way back from business in la crosse
appearance: first off, bravo on the glassare...a nice tulip-esque glass. pours a golden orange-yellow, nice and bubbly, light white foam head that dissipates rather quickly with no lacing
smell: very tropical, fresh citrus, big and yeasty, touch of alcohol, honey, apricot, melon, banana, well spiced
taste: tropical and passion fruits abundant, melon and honeydew, yeasty, lemon flavouring, alcohol (9.9 ABV if anyone wants to enter that in somehow), well spiced, corriander, light banana...good tripel!
mouthfeel: very lively carbonation - almost too much, medium body...closest out of all the categories to a 3.5, but i must break the tie
drinkability: pretty good considering the high abv level
impressed by my first ale asylum brew
06-21-2006 02:04:18 | More by dirtylou
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
On tap @ Ale Asylum (Madison, WI) on 8/9/10. Served in a goblet.
Pours a crystal clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white foam. This retains with some foamy edging that throws a fizzy cascade of spotty lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of apple juice and sugary breads (with the apple in particular coming out very strongly) along with some softer fruit accents as well. Overall this is pretty straightforward with fruit and malt but I was looking for maybe a little more spice from the yeast to be present. The out of control apple scent seems to be covering most of it up. Not warmth here in the nose to speak of.
The taste is bread, sugars, and fruit, with a fruity back of apple and pear notes. The sweetness definitely stretches the whole way through. There's a slight bitterness to this, along with some peppery spice, but there isn't a whole lot of dryness to this profile at all. Mostly residual fruit and sugars linger, as the finish is pretty clean of any extra yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a creamy smoothness up front that then prickles more as it's going down. There's a touch of warmth on the backend but otherwise, this is handling its rather substantial ABV rather well.
I personally prefer much more dryness in my Tripels but if you like em' sweet and juicy, then this is your guy. Despite the heavy sweetness, some complexity is still there and this does drink mighty fine for a 10% beer.
08-25-2010 19:37:32 | More by Kegatron
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Into a tulip, Tripel Nova pours a hazy orange though it still has a good degree of clarity. Swirling generates a thin wispy skim that spins in the center. Not much lace, a thin ring around the edges is all that's left after a little while.
Sweet apricot aroma, marshmallow, fruity and yeasty with a note of alcohol as it warms. Mild banana and clove phenols.
Sort of boozy, but not overtly so. Fruity with a bit of fruit cocktail, pear syrup, and clove/pepper spice. Body is a little bit syrupy, not as effervescent as it could be. Hits the palate a bit lifeless after the first few sips. Easy enough to sip one, probably worth trying again when absolutely fresh.
09-07-2011 01:59:15 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.
A - Unavoidable sediment pours out slightly clouding the light golden-honey kissed yellow wheat color. The head is snow-white but weak in stature and retention for a tripel, even with the tall pour. Some bits of lacing stick to the glass though.
S - The aroma is light and crisp right away with a nice marriage or a light yeast presence, spicy esters, floral hops, and a background dry wheat and pale malt foundation. A vigorous swirl releases a light fusel alcohol nose.
T - A light citrus burst starts off the flavor of the Tripel Nova which is followed closely by a complex blend of flavors. A dab of honey-coated wheat mixes with sweet pale malts and a floral hop addition. The mild spice taste lingers in the finish while the alcohol is only noticeable from the tingle while exhaling through the nose.
M - Crisp and medium-light bodied, it's a refreshing tripel with a smooth start and a nice carbonation tingle to the finish. The flavor lingers on the palate for a little bit too. Alcohol warmth in the stomach follows.
D - A good tripel that seems backed off slightly from it's Belgian brethren. Good drinkability is reflected from a nice complex and balanced nose and flavor with a solid mouthfeel.
12-14-2009 22:59:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Much thanks to hopdog for bringing this growler back from WI per my request...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a mild cap, and hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeast, apricot, tangerine, overipened bananas, pears, honey, and melon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a citrusy, tropical fruit salad sweetness that is pretty muched balanced during the enjoyment.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet, honey lingering, medium bodied, warming but the abv is hidden for the most part. I wouldn't have guessed it was almost 10% abv.
08-16-2007 19:48:51 | More by weeare138
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.
A: Pours a cloudy, yet bright and sunny gold color with a thin, bright white head that does a good job of quickly receding to a thick ring, and not much else. A tiny amount of lace is left behind.
S: Aromas of overripe apples and pears. Some hints of spice, caramel, candi sugar, bananas, booze, and fruity belgian yeast.
T: Pretty much just as above. Sweet overripe fruit and spices dominate with some help from caramel and candi.
M: Sweet, sticky, and smooth at first with a gradual shift towards the drier, spicier side of things. A bit of prickly alcohol burn shows up in the finish.
D: Pretty good. I found this to be a little too heavy and sweet with not enough tart and tangy citrus flavors.
11-10-2009 02:36:13 | More by GbVDave
Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.